First Victoria Cross winner finally gets Blue Plaque in Scarva

Perhaps the most well-known recipient of the Victoria Cross from Northern Ireland is James Magennis – due in no small part to the belated nature of the recognition of his bravery and his Belfast roots over recent years – but today another Blue Plaque was unveiled in honour of the first VC winner, at Druminargal House, 29 Poyntzpass Road, Scarva, the birthplace of Royal Navy midshipman Charles Lucas – by the Ulster History Circle. He had joined the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen in 1848 and ended his career as a Rear-Admiral. Although the action he received the award for was the earliest, in 1854 during the Crimean War, the Victoria Cross Society website notes, in a detailed history, that he wasn’t the first to physically receive the award. Charles Lucas died at his home in Tunbridge Wells on 7 August 1914.Images from the Victoria Cross Society


  • curious

    Thanks Pete.

    Good to see the Ulster History Society erect a blue plaque to another Irish Victoria Cross recipient. There are many more of these heroes to be remembered throughout the whole island of Ireland, especially VC heroes from Catholic backgrounds.

    Rear Admiral Charles Lucas VC has two other memorials. One was erected 10 years ago on the wall of the RBL hall Poyntzpass.

    ‘Another prominent historical fact regarding the village is that the first ever winner of a Victoria Cross was David Lucas from Poyntzpass. This historic event is recorded on a memorial tablet erected at Poyntzpass Royal British Legion Hall.’

    ‘Memorial: St Lawrence Church, Mereworth, Maidstone’

  • curious